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Production-Ready Microservices: Building Standardized Systems Across an Engineering Organization

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One of the biggest challenges for organizations that have adopted microservice architecture is the lack of architectural, operational, and organizational standardization. After splitting a monolithic application or building a microservice ecosystem from scratch, many engineers are left wondering what s next. In this practical book, author Susan Fowler presents a set of mic ...more
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Published December 15th 2016 by O'Reilly Media
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Rod Hilton
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I see Microservices as a "fad" that's picking up a lot of steam, and I work with microservices but want to know how to be more effective building them. The notion of a book entirely devoted to discussing how to make your microservices production-ready was very appealing.

However, like many other reviews of this book, I found it to be far too high-level to be very useful. Almost every section makes the reader think "that's really interesting, I'd l
Sebastian Gebski
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frankly, I wasn't interested in reading this book at all. Another book on microservices? What for? Don't we already have absolutely awesome "Building microservices" by Sam Newman? I've decided to read it after the famous Internet drama - when book author's (Susan) has described her work experience in Uber (that shitty way she was treated & well, let's be honest - harassed). I didn't do it because of this story, no - simply I've learned this way that Susan is a real practitioner - someone who has ...more
Alex Ott
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sw-development
Too high-level, only common words, like, should, can, ... Lack any technical details...
People with practical experience may not find something new there
Colin Jones
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a great counterbalance to the fashionability of "microservices." It gives a pretty wide-angle picture of the various architecture, performance, monitoring, and related processes at large tech companies like Uber. There are lots of checklists and probing questions to dig into projects' suitability for production, and the value definitely isn't limited to microservices.

Smaller companies are going to have a hard time adopting these practices wholesale, but to me, the unspoken implicati
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a good microservice, PRM exceeds at doing one thing and doing it well: explaining the practical administration of a microservice ecosystem to reach high availability. The equivalent negative framing is that PRM is not a book about what functionality should be in a microservice, how to design distributed systems, or how to abstract away common patterns into different microservices. Fowler states as much in her book, arguing for standardization in microservice ecosystems with the primary goal ...more
Nishanth Vijayan
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dev, owns-hard-copy
3.5. It's a little repetitive and wordy. I had already read Sam Newman's book Building Microservices and hence was familiar with a lot of the ideas presented in the book. Recommended if you / your organisation is new to Microservices. ...more
John Maguire
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for anyone looking to move to using microservices
Long Nguyen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit wordy and repetitive in some chapters. Still a great book, overall.
David Sullins
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I see a few reviews here complaining that the book is pretty light and high level. I agree with that characterization while disagreeing with the conclusion that it makes it poor book: This book is excellent as a small sharp tool to guide your thinking about how to get microservices ready for production.

This book does not explain how to write microservices. Instead, it asks the questions you should have the answers to in order to get your microservices ready for production. Each chapter contains
Ganesh Venkataraman
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good book for architects and engineers to build resilient applications. Many of the features required to build a resilient, fault tolerant application are typically deferred to latter stages of the development making the overall product barely production ready. The guidelines provided in this book could be used in general for any feature, application or product development. Key is in building and testing non functional requirements(NFRs), such as resiliency, scalability, availability etc itera ...more
The Architect
High overview of what your microservices should fulfill before you put them in production. You won't find here technology specific stuff, so this will feel a bit like half of a journey, letting you hunt for concrete technology stack and specific procedures... but if you are serious about it, you should know all this before you start with that hunt.

Susan structured material very well, in manner of the checklist - so when you are ready to put your microservices through audit, you can use her chec
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. It was at the righr level of abstraction I was looking for and could tell by how thin it is.

If you're looking for a low level technical book, this is not for you. But if you're in charge or affecting the microservice revolution from a people manager or it policy maker of any kind this book needs to be in your library.

Good artists create, great artists copy. This is true for IT workers too!
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech-books
I was excited about this book when it first was released. However, it took me 3 years to finish the book for several reasons. One of the majors reasons being that it was so dry. I understand that tech books are hard to make lively, but there was no personality or flavor to this book. I've read tech books that had some personality, which made reading the book like a book and not a reference book, much easier.

This books is a high level look at what to do in order to have production ready micro-se
Leandro López
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! The author did an awesome job writing this book: she didn't missed anything that is required when thinking about microservices. But don't be fooled: this isn't a "only for microservices" book: the lessons, checklists, and all the insights within this book apply to software development in general, and rest assured that following these ideas will make you project successful and yourself a better developer.

Five stars book, one of those you HAVE to have in paper format in your bookshelf.
Bharath Kotha
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technical
Though the book starts out with a lot of jargon, there are definitely some points in the book that makes you say "gotcha". A lot of the content is repeated multiple times in the book in various chapters, but you'll probably learn a few things that you wouldn't have thought cause issues. It could stay as a good checklist if you're trying to implement at your organisation and facing stability and uptime issues. A very small read and you won't even feel that you're reading a technical book (well, i ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fowler's book gives a great introduction to the practical considerations of running microservices in production. The full spectrum of work required to make a microservice production ready and to keep it production ready as part of an evolving ecosystem is daunting. The book focuses on operations, and does not give a lot of guidance into how to structure microservices. It is worth reading if you are considering having your business depend on a microservice. ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this book is best understood as a gigantic checklist to verify if your microservices in your organization are ready for a production environment. I'd suggest starting from the Appendix that lists all the questions that attempt to classify the readiness of a service. If you want to read the chapters, understand that their main function is to support why those particular questions are on the checklist. ...more
Hien Le
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Felt like I was reading an introduction rephrased 100 different ways until the author forgot the point that was trying to be made. There's an upfront disclaimer that the book talks about general approaches and mindset rather than delving into technical specifics and does it ever stick to that promise. ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good book talking about microservice. Have been developing tools and test for developing microservice architecture it reflects my experience working in my company and in the industry. Many lessons you can learn from this book. I recommend this book for any software engineer who wants to be a thoughtful craftsman.
Andres Raieste
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good reference and guidance

I required to understand (from management position) how to get a major system utilizing microservices to production. Granted, I have tech background, but this book covered it from A to Z for me. Recommended reading both for tech leads and technical managers.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book from a person responsible for readiness process.
You have a very good list of topics that you have to be aware before you ship your book on a production systems. Susan presented all her knowledge in a nice form, easy to read
Stefan Ritter
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for every developer and product manager. The book is a practical how-to from an author who knows her craft. Great and valuable insights from running and developing real world micro services at scale.
Lev Kurts
Good checklists - lacks depth

Good overview of micro-services ecosystem, challenges and ways to make it more stable. Would love to see more in depth and concrete examples and a little less repetition.
Gonzalo Fernández-Victorio
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: it, 2018
The book helps thinking how to organise a microservice architecture.
It's a very short book and well worth reading. However, it's not so much a book withs stories to make you remember, but more prescriptive, with lots of checklists, and more focused in processes than specific practices.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devops
Refreshing overview of the complexities (both technological and organizational) that come with running microservices.

The book provides a great high level checklist of things you should do (as an organization) to be successful in this game. Just wish I had read it three years ago.
Santiago Fraire Willemoës
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed this over Sam's microservices book. This book provides a helpful checklist of things to do, goes directly to the solutions. The only con is that in some items there's no explanation on the why, and I have to find the answer. ...more
Roberto Gaveglia
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An introductory book to microservices. Suitable for people that are new to the concept, less suitable for people that already work on them as it doesn't go into details. For me personally the checklist that is at the end of this (quite short) book is all I needed from it. ...more
Vinicius Souza
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A good book to be used as a guide to the day-to-day job. It has some nice checklists to evaluate your microservices. It is not good for an introduction to the topic or to take a deep view of it, once it does not include code examples or samples and just provides an overview of each topic.
Clay Siefken
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Susan was a SRE at Uber who put together this rock solid outline for how to apply standards to microservices before they could be considered "production ready."

The book is incredibly dry. It's better as a reference than a direct read-through.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
"Production-Ready" is a great set of principles to reflect on and implement. The first 2 chapters are golden everything after that just goes into more detail. Included checklist is great reference. ...more
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